Forty-three contemporary artists have been shortlisted in the ‘2016 Len Fox Painting Award Exhibition’, a $50,000 acquisitive award for a painting in sympathy with the work of Emanuel Phillips Fox. Chosen by a panel, the artists shortlisted were selected from 170 entries.
The shortlisted artists are: Abdul Abdullah, Brian Armstrong, Alec Baker, Angela Brennan, Lynne Boyd, Kevin Chin, Marcel Cousins, Dario Falzon, Kenneth Felstead, Prudence Flint, Hannah Fox, Mark Fox, Marc Freeman, Janet Green, Naomi Hobson, Mark Howson, Jason Jones, Shane Jones, Ken Knight, Travis MacDonald, Robert Maclaurin, Jan McNeill, Lynn Miller, Karen Mills, David Moore, John Nixon, Mark Ogge, Theo Papathomas, Colin Pennock, Madeleine Peters, Shirely Purdie, Petra Reece, Jenny Rodgerson, Steve Salo, Bill Sampson, Ross Skinner, Jennie Stewart, Adriane Strampp, Liz Stute, James Tinsley, Robert Watson, Peter Wegner and Marcus Wills.
The prize is significant, and one of the richest painting prizes in Australia. The Len Fox Painting Award is a $50,000 acquisitive award initiated and generously funded by Len Fox (1905-2004). This prestigious award commemorates the life and work of his uncle, the influential Australian born painter, Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915). Known for his plein air, impressionist style, Fox’s paintings are characterized by vibrantly coloured landscapes and scenes of everyday life.
Director of the Castlemaine Art Museum, Jennifer Kalionis commented, “The 2016 Len Fox Painting Award shortlisted artists have approached the challenge of producing a painting ‘in sympathy with the work of Emanuel Phillips Fox’ in a contemporary context”.
A single outstanding work of art will be chosen from this 2016 exhibition with the winning artist taking away the $50,000 prize. The selected work will be acquired by the Castlemaine Art Museum. The 2016 judges are Dr Rex Butler (art historian, writer and Professor (Art History & Theory) at Monash University) and Castlemaine Art Museum Director Jennifer Kalionis.
The official opening and announcement will be held on Saturday 8 October, 2016.
Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum
8 October to 31 December, 2016
E. Phillips Fox, On the Mediterranean Coast, c.1911, oil on canvas, 38 x 45.5cm
Presented, 1935, Collection of Castlemaine Art Museum